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Update

Hello Games has posted a Tweet explaining the situation with the contradictory emails and the original tweet there. Apparently, they were all fake, aside from Sean Murray’s personal account tweets (@NoMansSky), meaning that there is no disgruntled employee, nor did anyone at Hello Games apparently have any communication with the media over it.

The story was originally titled ‘Hello Games Hacked; Sean Murray Explains No Man’s Sky “Mistake”‘, to help clear up any confusion we have changed the title to make it clear that all the emails sent about this were fake.

Original Story below


For fans of No Man’s Sky, the past few months have been anything but hopeful. Hello Games have been pretty much silent regarding updates to their project. In addition, the game has come under attack both from disgruntled fans and from official entities regarding what has been perceived as deceptive marketing practices. While there is some enjoyment to be had from the game (as seen in our review), it’s clear the there were still questions to be answered regarding the project.

Therefore, Hello Games made quite a stir this morning by breaking their months-long silence by sending out a simple message on their Twitter and Linkedin account.

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Within an hour of Twitter discovering the message, Hello Games’ Twitter account was made private, and the tweet was reported by multiple followers to be erased from the feed. As of this writing, the original LinkedIn post that spawned the tweet is still online. The tweet is also still viewable via a widget on Hello Games’ website.

TechRaptor reached out for a comment regarding the situation, and Hello Games responded to us with the following message.

The tweet came from a disgruntled employee. We are handling it internally.

Sean Murray

There was more detail in an unverified response to Polygon which stated the following.

“The tweet is from me, but somebody from the team took it down. We have not been coping well.”

Tweeting from the No Man’s Sky Twitter account some time after this, Sean Murray stated that their server was hacked, throwing into question the above email statements.

Another tweet released, explains that the issue may have been related to a lack of security on Murray’s Linked In account.

TechRaptor will attempt to confirm which statements are legitimate and continue to update as the story develops.


Quick Take

As I stated on Twitter myself, the entire No Man’s Sky situation is a bummer from all angles. The issues with Sony’s marketing, the immense pressure put on this small team, the lackluster finished product, and the deception behind some of the promised features. Everything comes together to form a sad state of affairs that specifically spells out the perils of hype culture. Whatever is happening at Hello Games, we at TechRaptor do give our best to the UK team.

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TechRaptor's Reviews Editor. Resident fan of pinball, Needlers, Rougelikes, and anything with neon lighting. Owns an office chair once used by Billy Mays.